Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

A child’s most critical development occurs while in the womb.
This is a time when a mother must take proactive steps against harmful toxins. The first step is being aware of where they exist and how to avoid them. Follow these tips for a happier and healthier pregnancy!

Food & Food Preparation

  • Fish is some of the healthiest food you can eat, but it’s important to choose wisely.
    - Avoid fish high in mercury: King mackerel, marlin, shark, swordfish, tilefish, tuna steak, striped wild bass, alewife, bluefish, shad, imported wild sturgeon, or weakfish.
    - Choose the following fish lower in mercury: Wild salmon, sardines, anchovies, Atlantic herring, Dungeness crab, Pacific cod, Alaskan black cod, farmed striped bass, tilapia, farmed catfish, clams, mussels, and Pacific oysters.

  • Eat organic food as much as possible, especially when choosing foods found to be most contaminated with pesticides: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes (imported), spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.

  • Avoid canned foods as much as possible. Linings in cans may leach bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that mimics estrogen. Eden Organic offers canned food with BPA-free linings.

  • Choose low-fat meat and dairy products, since many chemicals build up in fat.

  • Avoid clear water bottles (in any color) that are labeled #7 on the bottom. These bottles are typically made of polycarbonate, which may leach bisphenol A.

  • Choose water bottles made of uncoated stainless steel or cloudy plastic instead.

  •  When reheating food. Opt for containers labeled as microwave-safe such as those made of glass or ceramic materials. Try using parchment paper, wax paper. Or white paper towels to cover containers rather than plastic wrap.

  • Avoid non-stick or Teflon-coated cookware, which may release toxic compounds. Choose stainless steel, glass, cast iron, or ceramic cookware instead.

  • Avoid microwave popcorn. The inside of the bag is often coated with toxic chemicals that may leach into the popcorn.

  • Avoid fast foods, as fast-food containers may be lined with “Teflon chemicals.”

Personal Care

  • Choose fragrance-free personal care products, and consider giving up perfumes, nail polish, and hair dye, which may contain harmful chemicals.

  • Choose cosmetics and personal products from companies committed to safer products. Like Burt’s Bees, Avalon, Aubrey Organics, and California Baby.

  • Avoid hand soaps marketed as ‘antibacterial’: scrubbing hands with hot water and plain soap is just as effective, and the overuse of antibacterial products can lead to germs that are harder to kill.

  • Avoid clothing, shoes, and boots made with vinyl/PVC/ If you can, also avoid those treated with Gore-Tex or other “Teflon chemicals.”

  • Choose rubber and vinyl-free materials such as nylon and polyester.

Pest Control

  • Avoid bug killers, weed killers, and other pesticides in the home or garden. Focus on preventive techniques, and learn about easy non-toxic at


  • Try green cleaning recipes using liquid soap, baking soda and vinegar, or these safer brands: Seventh Generation, Bi-O-Kleen, and Country Save.

  • Leave shoes at the door and try to vacuum once a week. Toxic chemicals from both indoors and outdoors can build up in household dust.

* The preseding is used by courtesy of Washington Toxics Coalition /

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